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Weekly UUCW E-News 
Sunday, February 12, 2017
THIS SUNDAY: "Parenting and UU Values"

Sunday, February 12, 2017
9:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
With The Rev. Joyce Palmer

We look at the core values of Unitarian Universalism and how they apply to parenting. How do we create an environment that reflects our theology and vision? Special music provided by Bhavani Hope. 
Religious Education

Our religious education program for children and youth meet during each of the worship service times.
Living Our Values values

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Milwaukee is the recipient of our February Split the Plate donations.  NAMI  is a non-profit community-based, self-help, support, education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with mental illness, their families, and those touched by mental illness. Please help this valuable program continue its important work and give generously!
The Food Pantry of Waukesha County will receive donations of non-perishable items in February. The most needed items are: 
  • soup
  • stews/Spam 
  • mac n' cheese 
  • canned fruit
  • cereal
  • cooking oil
  • peanut butter & jelly
Your contributions for the less fortunate are much appreciated. For more information or to suggest future food drive recipients, contact Ellen Newbauer or Melanie Weston via the church office .

The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Hon. Thomas Andrews, President and CEO of the UU Service Committee have asked all Unitarian Universalists and our congregations to consider signing on to a Declaration of Conscience.  The Declaration is in response to the recent political changes and the sense among so many UUs that we must be united in purpose to protect the values of our democracy and those vulnerable populations among us.  Rev. Morales says, "This is not about partisan politics. It is a principled response to the potential targeting of people not for what they have done, but for who they are. It is a commitment to speak out and to act in support of basic human rights." 

Copies of the Declaration are available on the foyer table, and/or you can read more about it and access the way to sign it here:
Church Life church
NEXT SUNDAY: "Losing My Identity"
With The Rev. Suzelle Lynch

Sunday, February 19, 2017
9:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
With The Rev. Suzelle Lynch

Identity: It's the set of characteristics by which a person or thing is definitively recognizable or known. It comes from late Latin identitas; from Latin idem 'same' and itas-indicating a state of being. Do you ever think about your identity? Is it possible to lose your identity? Are our identities fixed, or do they change? What's the role of culture in shaping our identity? Lots to consider! Come dig deep today.
Special music today coordinated by Jennifer Nicolosi, Lead Music Director.
Building 2020 Capital Campaign and 
2017-18 Annual  Pledge Drive

Over the past few years, our congregation has set about renewing our vision and making plans for our future.

The Build the Vision Campaign has two important purposes:
  • This is our annual pledge drive to support the church Operating Budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The Operating Budget pays for building operations, program costs, staff salaries, and everything else that is needed to run UUCW for a year.
  • Build the Vision is also a church-wide effort over the next five years to raise the money we need for our Build 2020 Capital Fund. Build 2020 will allow us to make changes in our facilities to address important congregational needs. Ultimately, our Build the Vision Campaign is about securing the future of our vibrant congregation this "home for the soul" we each hold close to our hearts.
  • We need your help! We are seeking the names and addresses of friends of UUCW (former members who have moved away, grown children, relatives of present members, community members,ect.) you believe may be supportive of our Build the Vision campaign.  Please send their information to Vicki Banville at (262) 782-3535 or 


We have a tremendous Campaign Steering Team consisting of The Rev. Suzelle Lynch, Phil Kroner, Vicki Banville, Kurt Gaetano, Kathy Herrewig, Larry Hawley, Leslie Peterson, Ann Bertz, and Ron Trilling.

More volunteers are currently being enlisted. You may receive a phone call asking you to serve as a volunteer in our campaign. Please be open to this invitation. Don't worry... you do not have to ask for money! The campaign is organized so that th
e activity is distributed among many people. Each person does just a little work. We are confident you will enjoy this experience.

Stay tuned! In the weeks ahead, you will be receiving more information about our Build the Vision Campaign.
- Ron Trilling
I am grateful for a church home that I can count on for growth, support, companionship, and living out my values. It's a place where I can turn off the constant chatter in my head and focus on the important things that matter; to explore and dig deeper to form my own truths and beliefs. It's a community where I can connect with caring, open-minded, giving people. It's a beacon of hope in the community filled with people working for justice.  It's much more than a building, it's a home...and I'm very grateful for it. I will be generous in my financial support of this capital campaign in order to ensure that this special place will continue to be accessible to future generations. I am hopeful that my children and the children of other church and community members will always have a place to turn to, not only for personal inspiration, growth and hope, but also for leadership and action for positive change outside of the church walls. 


There will be a performance opportunity for all youth at services on Sunday, March 26.  All young ones who love to sing are welcome to join!  There will be two rehearsals before the date of performance and rehearsal tracks will be available for practicing at home.  More details will be announced soon; please contact Lead Music Director Jennifer Nicolosi via the church office if you are interested.

Endowment Fund Committee is now accepting grant request proposals throughout January and February. Forms are located on the information table in the lobby. Completed grant requests should be placed in the Endowment Fund Committee mailbox by February 28, 2017. Questions? Contact committee chair Mike Brown via the church office.
Film Screening and Discussion 
Saturday, February 25, 3:00 - 5:30 pm at UUCW

This one-hour documentary chronicles the lives of those affected by incarceration in America's most incarcerated zip code, demonstrating the significant toll that mass incarceration takes on individuals and families. Following the film showing, join for discussion with speakers from the EXPO (Ex-Prisoners Organizing) project and WISDOM, the state-wide organization working for prison reform in Wisconsin. 

Registration is requested at, noting which event you are planning to attend. For more information, contact Ann Heidkamp via the church office.
Monday, February 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm OR
Sunday, March 12, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 

Join the UUA Common Read discussion of The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement, by the Rev. Dr. William Barber. Rev. Barber challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent and to do the hard work of coalition-building in a society that is fractured and polarized. Session leaders are the Rev. Joyce Palmer and Karen Zimmerman. Co-sponsored by the UUCW Social Action and Faith Development Programs. Spaces are limited and registration is required. Pre-register online at, noting in the comment section which session you wish to attend. Or contact Maria O'Connor via the church office.

Are you interested in helping UUCW make a difference in the world?  If so, the Social Action Council is in need of your talents and ideas.  The Council meets once a month (usually on the fourth Wednesday evening) to coordinate activities of the on-going social justice projects and discuss educational programming and new initiatives.  If you're interested in becoming a member or just want to find out more about any aspect of social action at UUCW, contact Ann Heidkamp  via the church office.    

There is no better time than now to start tidying up! Earth Ministry encourages you to declutter and recycle your many cookbooks on Sunday, February 12. Bring them to the Community Room before the first or second service. After the service, come back and browse and pick up a free cookbook for you or a friend. Children are welcome.    via the church office.

UUCW's Young Religious Unitarian Universalists group is selling locally roasted Stone Creek coffee to raise funds for their heritage trip to Boston this summer. $15 per bag - only while supplies last!

 On Friday evenings Bhavani Hope is interested in leading an interactive musical experience where we will learn and sing together sacred prayers and chants from many of the world's spiritual groups-ALL AGES welcome. Dancing, singing and clapping encouraged. The group is in the planning stages. If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact Bhavani at or Rev. Joyce at


 This group meets the second Tuesday of every month and will meet next on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:45 A.M. at Bakers Square at 15300 Bluemound Road, Elm Grove. Come for delicious food and interesting, unstructured small-group conversation. For more information, contact facilitator Jerry Kashmerick at (262) 827-0495.


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Imbolc 2017
Fellowship and Learning church

 MidAmerica UU Regional Assembly 2017:   Registration is now open for Regional Assembly 2017, April 28-30 in Oak Brook Illinois.  The Rev. Dr. Lee Barker, President and Professor of Ministry at Meadville-Lombard Theological School will be the Keynote speaker addressing the topic "To Multi-faith: A Verb". Early bird registration deadline is April 6. To register or learn more, please visit

General Assembly (GA) 2017:  Will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 21-25. The GA is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend. Registration opens March 1. To register or learn more, please visit



Monthly Newsletter: February 2017

You're reading the weekly E-News. UUCW also publishes a monthly newsletter called the West Wind, which has more in-depth articles and announcements.

To download the latest edition and see past editions of the West Wind, click here .